Tuesday, September 13, 2011

HOBO LAMP.........Save a lamp, save the world!

If you're like me, you have bags of scraps waiting to be turned into something amazing.  I like to call this lamp project Hobo Chic because it almost didn’t matter what scraps I used, all of the colors just worked well together.  Try squares or triangles make it look like a quilt.  Which ever way you tackle the project you're sure come up with something amazing.

A lamp and lampshade in serious need of an overhaul
Minwax Polycrylic Clear Coat
1” paintbrush
Scraps of fabric
 Pinking Shears (I like the Fiskars Brand)
Newspaper for your workspace and for lampshade pattern

HINT: Decide which shapes you are going to use for your lamp.  This is important because once you start applying the fabric, your fingers will be sticky and it’s hard to cut more shapes without making a huge mess.  
I chose strips of fabric, but you can use squares or triangles. 
1. Cut your shapes with the pinking shears (the shears give more texture and interest)
2. Coat the back of your scrap with the Polycrylic
3. Apply to the lamp
4. Add more Polycrylic to the fabric once it’s adhered to the base
5. Repeat step 3 and 4 until the entire lamp is covered.
6. For interest, add some strips around the base of the lamp and around the neck.  
1.    Place your lampshade on the seam at the edge of craft paper or newspaper.
2.    Roll the shade along and trace on both ends the shape of the shade to 
make your lampshade pattern
3.    Cut out the pattern
4.    Now we are going to divide the lampshade pattern in to 8 equal 
pieces by folding it in half, then half again, and then half again. 
5.    Cut 8 pieces of fabric using this as your pattern.
6.    Starting at the seam, apply the fabric pieces the same
way you applied the fabric to the base by painting 
the fabric back with Polycrylic and then adhering 
it to the shade.
7.    Do this all the way around the shade.
8.    Next, cut small strips about 3/8th of an inch wide to give the ribbon effect
in between the different fabric panels and apply those with the Polycrylic.
9.    To finish the top and bottom of the lamp you will cut a 1/2-inch strip of 
fabric on the bias. 
INFO:  In case you don’t know what bias is, pretend you have 
a perfect square of fabric. Now if you fold it in half to create a triangle, 
the length of the fold is the bias.  When you cut fabric 
on the bias, it has stretch.  Pretty cool right! 
DON’T WORRY:  If you need to cut several pieces of bias to go 
around the top and the bottom rim of the shade, it will contribute 
to the HOBO-NESS, of the project.    
9. Attach the strips around and let it dry.
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